To all in Rome who are loved by God(A) and called to be his holy people:(B)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.(C)

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,(D) because your faith is being reported all over the world.(E) God, whom I serve(F) in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness(G) how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times;(H) and I pray that now at last by God’s will(I) the way may be opened for me to come to you.(J)

11 I long to see you(K) so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift(L) to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware,(M) brothers and sisters,[a](N) that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now)(O) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

14 I am obligated(P) both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.(Q)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,(R) because it is the power of God(S) that brings salvation to everyone who believes:(T) first to the Jew,(U) then to the Gentile.(V) 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed(W)—a righteousness that is by faith(X) from first to last,[b] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[c](Y)

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  1. Romans 1:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 7:1, 4; 8:12, 29; 10:1; 11:25; 12:1; 15:14, 30; 16:14, 17.
  2. Romans 1:17 Or is from faith to faith
  3. Romans 1:17 Hab. 2:4

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